Traditional conservative John Kasich confronts Fascism in the Republican Party
A few remaining Republican moderates have joined with Breitbart-class reactionaries in calling for critics to shut up about how hard Trump works at proto-fascist pandering. At best, some may get to play the role of Pastor Martin Niemöller. At worst, they’ll be standing in line next to me waiting for a blanket in a Tea Party re-education camp.
Hopefully, American voters will turn their petrified butts out and vote against the evil of two lessers in 2016. That may be all we can hope for. I know it’s frustrating and difficult. But, I always remember a conversation I had with Harvey O’Connor, a class-conscious peace activist [and a helluva journalist], chatting over our 3rd or 4th beer in a New Hampshire bar. I was early days into fierce civil rights battles in the 1960’s while Harvey had been fighting to turn the Cold War away from becoming a nuclear holocaust right from Day One of the Churchill/Truman transfer from British Imperialism to the new American flavor.
I said something brash about the need to focus first and foremost on civil rights. Harvey retorted that I had priorities right for domestic issues in Jim Crow America – but, don’t count on achieving very much if we’re just glowing embers keeping cockroaches warm in a nuclear winter. He was very right.
You can’t fight the good fight for progress, for equal rights – if intellectual ennui overcomes self-preservation and the good people of America decide to sit out the moment when vindictive populists are trying their best to turn this nation’s clock back to the 19th Century. Or worse.